Double Fine dismisses meddling “suits”

Massive Chalice

Businessmen of the games industry don't always know what's best, says developer.

Double Fine's Brad Muir has lamented the influence businessmen have over the direction of games, saying they often don't know what fans really want.

His comments came shortly after the popular games studio unveiled its latest Kickstarter project Massive Chalice, a fantasy strategy game headed up by Muir.

The company shot to successes with its first Kickstarter effort that netted the studio over $3 million in funding, with the studio saying that crowd-funding allowed them to make games without the influence of publishers.

"This was just a bunch of businessmen, like suits around a table. It was very hard for me to listen to their opinions of what gamers might actually like. It's a very weird thing, taking your ideas to a small group of businessmen and having them tell you whether they think it's going to sell or not,” Muir told

“I don't think they always know best. That's the cool thing about this idea. This idea is brand-new. We haven't taken this idea to anyone. We developed it and took it straight to the backers.”

At the time of writing, the Massive Chalice Kickstarter campaign has received nearly $700,000 in backing, with the target set at $725,000.

The company pitches the project as “if turn-based tactics and feudal fantasy had a lovechild”, citing influence from hit games such as X-COM and Final Fantasy Tactics as well a fantasy shows such as Game of Thrones.

Register for HITC Gaming Digest